The Ignatius University seeks to provide in a Christian environment the opportunity to study and to prepare for service in certain professions. In view of modern social, cultural, economic, political, and religious needs, it seeks to broaden the outlook of its students by bringing the members of its scholarly community into contact with colleagues from all parts of the world.
As an Orthodox Christian university, in the tradition of personal interest in the individual, the Ignatius University seeks to stimulate its students’ growth toward scholarship, informed intelligence, appreciation of spiritual values, and a fuller realization of their personal responsibility to society and to all humankind. It seeks to strengthen the Orthodox student’s understanding, appreciation and practice of the Faith, while making no religious demands upon the non-Orthodox. At all times, it attempts to demonstrate to the community at large the value of the truths and ideals it cherishes and teaches. The religious mission of Ignatius University is accomplished through its four schools: Theology, where the faith is set forth; Philosophy where reason and faith dialogue; Psychology, where the contemporary soul is examined; and Diplomacy where faith urges us on to world peace.
The principal objective of the Ignatius University is to promote intellectual growth. Its aims are to educate intellectually students, encouraging them to seek the whole truth in an atmosphere of free enquiry. The university believes it is obligated to create in students a lifelong commitment to truth so that students develop an historical awareness and intellectual integrity that will support a resolve to defend the dignity of all people.
The University aims to acquaint its students with the major cultural and intellectual achievements of our civilization and to provide them the opportunity to synthesize their knowledge. It believes that knowledge of the self is an important goal of liberal education, a goal that is best attained as one learns more about other cultures and one’s own. Students see the ways in which they are part of something larger- a community, a culture, and a world of many cultures.
The University aims to create in its students an intelligent awareness of the dynamic social forces in our world; to stimulate them to discover and develop individual interests to be pursued with enjoyment and satisfaction throughout life; to develop values and standards with which to meet the responsibilities of free persons in a free society.
The University believes that the close relationship between its faculty and students motivates students to learn, as manifested most clearly in research. We maintain a community of inquiry, discourse, and experiment in which it is clear that scholarship and teaching are parts of the same process. The Ignatius University is staffed by an outstanding, and gifted international faculty with an exacting care for the students’ accuracy of understanding and for the enhancement of their ability to do their work well.
The University aims to have its students use advanced technologies in the educational experience. Technological innovations are significantly shaping the 21st century, for they increase global linkages and the production and dissemination of knowledge of all kinds. Computer applications have permeated the curriculum, and the Internet, international satellite programming, and multimedia have become an integral part of our academic experience. The University provides its students with a critical appreciation of the use and power of new and emerging technologies for learning and professional development. All Ignatius University students are expected to have a personal computer along with internet access. Thus equipped, the student has at fingertips a library greater than any one in history. Each computer area is potentially a television studio. As part of their studies, students enter the “chat room” of their School, at least weekly, to engage in an international dialogue about their field of study.
As part of the University’s pastoral commitment, the priest faculty are available at any time- day or night, in season and out of season. Upon entry, each student will be introduced to one of the faculty Fathers who will have the role of adviser during the student’s course of studies. Many have families of their own and understand first hand what the student is experiencing. The student takes the initiative in calling upon the adviser for any of the various needs needs that arise. Ignatius University wishes to create, especially in our time, a warm, compassionate, accepting community rather than an aloof and distant institution. We believe that St. Augustine was correct when he said the true community should be based upon the Trinitarian archetype of community which is held together through equality and love.